The small, round Mini Rex is cute enough on its own, but when you run your hand over their velvet-like coat, you’ll be in love. This people-friendly rabbit has become one of the most popular breeds, and they make excellent pets for first time rabbit owners. If you’re looking for a sturdier rabbit with the same plush coat, check out the standard Rex Rabbit from which the Mini Rex was developed.
There are a few important things to consider before choosing a rabbit as a pet. Rabbits will require your time and attention. They’re very social, curious, and playful animals and will live a sad life if kept confined to a cage with little interaction. They will need space and opportunity to exercise and explore, and you’ll need to make sure the space has been rabbit-proofed against nibbling and gnawing. A rabbit is a long-term commitment with many living more than 10 years – sadly, with their popularity on the rise, the number of rabbits abandoned to shelters and rescues has also risen. They’ll require occasional veterinary care, and in some countries it’s required that they be vaccinated.
Rabbits are a poor choice as a pet for young children. They may be soft and cute, but rabbits are easily stressed and frightened around loud noises and activity. Many rabbits do not enjoy being held or cuddled and may bite or kick to get away, and rabbits can easily be seriously injured in such a struggle.
Appearance / health:
The Mini Rex is a small rabbit weighing around 4 pounds. They have a compact body with a rounded back and a broad head. The Mini Rex’s ears are thick and upright, measuring approximately 3.5 inches.
The distinguishing characteristic of the Mini Rex is their plush and velvety coat. Unlike other rabbits, the Rex’s guard hairs are no longer than the soft undercoat, resulting in soft, silky, and smooth fur. The Mini Rex’s fur stands out from the body, contributing to its plushness. The Mini Rex may have very short or even no whiskers.
The Mini Rex’s coat comes in black, white, blue, chocolate, lilac, amber, red, sable, seal, castor, lynx, opal, chinchilla, California, and many of these colors and others in broken or otter patterns.
Like other small mammals, the Mini Rex Rabbit can be susceptible to colds and viral infections. Exposure to draft, sudden changes in temperature and stress can lower the rabbit’s resistance to sickness. Rabbits are also vulnerable to conjunctivitis (a bacterial infection of the eyelids caused by smoke, dust, and fumes) and ear mites. Intestinal ailments like coccidiosis (parasites propagated by unsanitary conditions), bloat, and hairball obstructions are also common in rabbits.
Behavior / temperament:
The Mini Rex has a friendly and fun-loving personality. They’re generally calm and easy to handle, and can be very affectionate and cuddly. They’re pleasant disposition and small size makes them easy to handle.
Rabbits are social animals, and are happiest when kept in pairs or trios. Rabbits may bond very closely to one another, forming a near-inseparable “bonded pair”. Non-bonded rabbits should have their own cage and should be carefully supervised until they get to know one another. A rabbit kept singly will need lots of time and attention from their human caretaker, though human companionship can never fully substitute for the interaction they have with each other. Ideally a single rabbit will be allowed plenty of free access to its owner, whether that’s cuddling on the couch or following them around the kitchen.
Rabbits are generally playful and curious and you may find that a free-roaming bunny will greet your guests at the door. They tend to get along well with other household pets, though some cats and dogs have a high prey instinct and may act aggressively towards the rabbit. Some rabbits are quite intelligent and enjoy learning tricks, and many rabbits can be trained to use a litter box. Rabbits also love to chew and dig, and it’s especially important for their dental health that they have something appropriate to gnaw on. It’s also important that anything they shouldn’t gnaw on be kept from their reach!
Rabbits may spray to mark their territory, though this behavior can be significantly reduced or eliminated by spaying or neutering. Spaying or neutering can also result in a calmer temperament and fewer behavioral issues.
They are most active at sunset and at daybreak. In general, rabbits are physically fragile and easily stressed, and not recommended as pets for young children.
Mini Rex Rabbits are best kept indoors to protect them from extreme temperatures, predators, and other outdoor dangers. They should be allowed to roam and exercise, preferably where they can get sunlight and fresh air. Extension hutches, exercise pens or lawn enclosures are recommended for safe outdoor exposure.
If kept in a cage, the enclosure should be at least five times the size of the rabbit with plenty of room to stretch and stand upright. Wire mesh flooring should be avoided because it can cause pain and injury to a rabbit’s feet. A hide-away box or sleeping quarters should be provided as a quiet place for a rabbit to retreat to feel safe and for sleep. Baby toys and interesting items should also be available for entertainment. Another option is housing your rabbit in a play-pen or puppy-pen.
Many rabbits can be trained to use a litter box. The best litters are non-toxic (rabbits may try to nibble on their litter) and dust free. Recycled paper litters or pellets, citrus-based litters, compressed wood pellets, aspen shavings, newspaper (ensure the ink is non-toxic), and hay are all appropriate. Avoid clumping litters as they can clump inside the digestive tract if eaten, and never use wood shavings from pine or cedar.
Rabbits may also be allowed to roam inside the house as long as the areas where they are free to explore are “rabbit-proofed” for safety. Rabbits allowed to roam at all times should still have a hutch to which they can return for sleeping and a feeling of safety.
Mini Rex Rabbits are herbivorous and their diet will mainly consist of hay, pellets, and vegetables. Hay is very important for both digestive health and dental health. Grass hays such as timothy, orchard, and oat hay can be fed in unlimited quantities, but alfalfa is high in calories and should only be provided occasionally. Fresh pellets should also be made available daily – choose a pellet high in fiber and avoid mixes that include other foods like corn, seeds, or dried fruit.
Fresh foods are also an important part of your rabbit’s diet. Dark, leafy greens like kale, romaine lettuce, spring greens, and some spinach should make up approximately 75% of the fresh food given to your rabbit daily, with vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper, and summer squash making up the other 25%. Fruits and starchy vegetables should be limited in the diet, but make great treats! Make sure that all fresh foods are washed thoroughly, and uneaten fresh foods should be removed at the end of the day.
Fresh water should always be available, either from a sipper bottle or in a stable water bowl.
easy breed, sociable pet, gorgeous fur, velvety soft coat, Cuddle bunny
kennel cough, urine smells, aggressive tendencies, fearful, poor temperment, sexual hormones
color variety, real therapy pet, countless birthday parties, petting zoo business, light eaters
"Rex" was my favorite pet
I bought "Rex", a black mini Rex rabbit, as an eleven-year-old child. While rabbits aren't typically a good pet for a child, I was not your average child. Rex was a great pet. He was litter-box trained (DON'T USE actual cat litter for your rabbit-they have sensitive respiratory systems and the dust bothers them. Shredded newspaper works well but make sure they don't eat it) and was allowed to run around our apartment. I also had a pet cat (Siamese) that he loved to play with. Rex lived for a number of years, and had an annoying habit of stealing socks: I found quite a few stuffed under a corner of my desk years later. Rabbits can be great pets, but they require an alert, attentive pet owner. They also do best in low-stress, low-noise homes with a normal schedule. Rabbits are easily startled, their teeth continuously grow so you must provide environmental enrichment for them (chew sticks, timothy hay etc). Veterinary care can be expensive for these little guys. FIrst of all not all veterinarians will treat rabbits, you must find a local exotics veterinarian to do so. Everything from office visit/exam fees to medications and in-clinic procedures are more expensive, and you must be careful medicating them as they can be fragile when handled. My Rex did not have any major medical issues, one minor eye infection that was promptly treated with eye ointment was the only issue I had arise while he was in my car. My Rex was a good pet for quite a few years (~8 years, if I remember correctly). It's also worth noting that as a child I purchased my rabbit from a pet store, which is not ideal. You can research local breeders-check out FFA and 4H groups, you may find what you are looking for. I did FFA in HS and the families I knew from it took very good care of their animals: they were not in it to make money, and they were discriminating in who they sold animals to. .
From janice-love Dec 14 2018 6:35PM
Keeping the living enclosures of your rabbit clean and hygienic helps prevent worms. Most diseases that affect them develop in crowded, filthy enclosures and under stressful conditions. The most important hygienic measures are: - Cleaning and disinfecting the cages frequently. - Avoiding moisture and accumulation of urine and feces. - Avoiding contact of the rabbit with excrement. It's normal for rabbits to eat some of their own droppings, for which they can reinfect themselves after an initial deworming. So a regular deworming schedule may be necessary. - Keeping the bed dry and clean. - Cleaning feeders and water bottles daily or every other day. - Keeping the food in a cool and dry place to avoid contamination. To sum up: procure optimal environmental conditions around your rabbit. Additionally, rabbits fed a healthy diet are less vulnerable to disease. As your pet loves grass, vegetables, and fruits, wash the latter thoroughly before feeding..
From L Perez 1489 days ago
Aggressive and didn't like to be handled
We bought Floppsy from a local pet store. We'd never kept rabbits before, so we were very new to rabbit care. We didn't know that rabbits were best being kept in pairs so that they can socialise with one another. We also believe that unfortunately, Floppsy wasn't looked after by the pet store very well. We think he was about a year old when we bought him, but he refused to be held and was extremely aggressive towards all members of the family.
We would let him out at least once a day for a run around the garden - he liked to chase a football around and to nibble on the strawberries and some of the flowers, but getting him back into his hutch was a nightmare! It could often take hours of chasing him around the garden trying to catch him/usher him into his hutch! We used a run for a little while, but it didn't take Floppsy long to realise that he could dig his way out of it!
It was extremely painful to have a rabbit that didn't like to be held or handled by it's owners, but I loved him still regardess! We would often treat him to fresh vegetables over nuggets and muesli - he would often just pick out his favourite muesli ingredients and leave the rest..
From rhiannonbully Jul 4 2015 5:00PM